You might get to a point where you feel it is better to move in with a friend or family member, typically a son or daughter. Many times this works out fine but it is worth considering a trial run first because remember you have been used to living apart until now.
Just because you are being cared for by a friend or relative, does not mean you are not entitled to help from the state of voluntary sectors. These can really help remove some of the pressure from those caring for you.
One thing to think about, is moving to live with your children can mean moving to another part of the country which you are not familiar with. So if you would prefer to remain in the locality near your friends and acquaintances then you will need to explore other options, preferably while you are still active.
Sheltered housing offers you some independence and you have peace of mind that there is someone looking out for you. A retirement home provides you with all your daily needs as well as companionship. If you are very unwell, you might the best option is a nursing home or a hospice. You should talk with your next of kin to find the best solution.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.